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Faculty, Staff, and Student Perceptions of the Transgender and Gender-nonconforming (TGNC) Student Experiences at Carnegie Mellon University

Grice, Ashley (2020) Faculty, Staff, and Student Perceptions of the Transgender and Gender-nonconforming (TGNC) Student Experiences at Carnegie Mellon University. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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A limited amount of research has been conducted examining the experiences of Transgender and Gender-nonconforming (TGNC) student populations within the context of higher education. In an attempt to learn more about the experiences of TGNC populations at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), this inquiry utilized a qualitative approach, conducting semi-structured interviews of self-identified TGNC students, faculty, and staff to explore the perceptions of TGNC students attending Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Eight TGNC participants with current affiliations with CMU as students, faculty, or staff shared their lived experiences and perceptions with regard to how TGNC students, both graduate and undergraduate, attempt to navigate the campus climate. The results of this inquiry indicate that the embedded binary gender configurations found in the physical infrastructures of campus, as well as the cultural engagement around gender identities beyond this binary, create various obstacles for the TGNC on campus that include inadequate access to bathrooms, housing, and other physical structures of support for this community. Recommendations are offered specifically for CMU, offering suggestions for necessary tools in creating and maintaining a TGNC-inclusive campus and climate, which may also be applicable across all institutions of higher education.

Keywords: Transgender, higher education, Gender-nonconforming, gender binary, genderism, education, cisgender, infrastructure, liberation


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Grice, Ashleyarg122@pitt.eduarg1220000-0002-8649-4720
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairGarcia, Ginaggarcia@pitt.eduggarcia0000-0002-6706-9200
Committee MemberDelale-O'Connor, Lorilori.delale-oconnorloridoc0000-0001-8742-6431
Committee MemberSikora,
Date: 2 September 2020
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 27 July 2020
Approval Date: 2 September 2020
Submission Date: 10 August 2020
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 110
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: higher education, gender binary, genderism, education, cisgender, infrastructure, liberation
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2020 15:08
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2020 15:08


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